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Haiti: Background

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Haiti has been plagued by political violence for most of its history. In the context of extreme economic and political instability, the vulnerability of children and women rose significantly, pushing back the possibility of achieving goals set by the Millennium Declaration and the Special Session on Children.

Access to education was affected by hikes in school fees. Some 60 per cent of rural households suffer from chronic food insecurity, 20 per cent are extremely vulnerable. An estimated 32 per cent of urban households suffer from food insecurity on a daily basis, 26 per cent are often food insecure.

The further weakening of State institutions and a non-functioning Parliament hampered policy development or strategic planning for children. Insecurity prevented UNICEF and its partners from accessing project sites and disrupted planning and follow-up activities. Negative trends in the health, nutrition and well being of the Haitian population swelled the numbers of vulnerable children and women.


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